Concealed carry in cold weather requires a different set of considerations than hot weather. Bulky clothing, layers, and heavy outerwear can make it difficult to access and conceal your firearm. In this blog, we'll cover some tips for conceal carrying in cold weather.
- Choose the Right Clothing
Choosing the right clothing is crucial for comfortable concealed carry in cold weather. Look for clothing that is warm and comfortable, but also allows for easy access to your firearm. Avoid tight-fitting clothing that restricts movement and makes it difficult to draw your firearm quickly. Instead, opt for loose-fitting layers, such as a vest or jacket over a sweater or hoodie.
- Choose the Right Holster
Choosing the right holster is also important for concealed carry in cold weather. Look for holsters that are compatible with your winter clothing, such as an OWB holster that can fit over a jacket or a shoulder holster that can be worn underneath your coat. Additionally, consider a holster with a retention system to ensure your firearm stays secure even with multiple layers of clothing.
- Practice Drawing with Winter Clothing
Practice drawing your firearm with your winter clothing on to ensure you can access it quickly and efficiently. This may require adjusting your technique or changing the location of your holster. Practice in a safe and controlled environment, such as a shooting range, until you are comfortable and confident in your ability to draw with winter clothing on.
- Keep Your Firearm Clean and Lubricated
Cold weather can cause your firearm to malfunction if it is not properly maintained. Keep your firearm clean and lubricated, and use a cold-weather lubricant that will not freeze or thicken in low temperatures. Additionally, consider carrying spare magazines, as cold weather can cause your magazine springs to weaken or malfunction.
- Be Aware of Winter Hazards
Finally, be aware of winter hazards that can affect your ability to carry concealed. Ice, snow, and slippery surfaces can make it difficult to move quickly or draw your firearm effectively. Additionally, bulky winter clothing can make it more difficult to feel for potential threats or identify individuals who may pose a threat.
Concealed carry in cold weather requires careful consideration of clothing, holster, and firearm maintenance, as well as practice and awareness of potential hazards. Remember to always practice safe handling and storage of your firearm, and to follow all applicable laws and regulations regarding concealed carry.